Real Wedding Wednesday ~ Brooklyn Baby!

You know how there are just those couples that are "cool"? Well then, meet Jantra and Mercer. They are a cool ass couple who got married in Brooklyn, and according to the photographer, they were fun to work with... No complaining (a true Bitchless Bride!), and no stress. They completely enjoyed their day, their way, even stopping to take a drag off a ciggy before the ceremony!

Jantra and Mercer (even their NAMES are cool!) exchanged their vows at Rebar in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The incredibly beautiful views of the East River and Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges, made for stunning photos as you can clearly see. Plus, Mercer's awesome mustache was super fun to photograph, and anybody can see his cool personality through the stash!

For me, the best part of this wedding? They had fun. Their guests had fun. And... while a few things went wrong, they didn't let it get in their way of having the time of their lives! I mean, just look at these fantastic photographs! Jantra and Mercer danced the night away with their family and friends! 

1. Bridey, how did you meet your spouse? 

We both attended NYU for undergrad. We met while working as orientation leaders who welcomed incoming freshman over the summer. He was a year ahead of me and I think my first words to him were, "Can I smoke here?" 

2. How long were you together before you were engaged?

We were together two years, but were friends for ten years and already living together.

3. What was the length of time between the engagement and the wedding?

It was a year and a half of planning.

4. Where did your wedding take place? (venue, city and state)

 Our wedding took place at ReBar gastropub, Brooklyn, NY.

5. If you don't mind my asking, what was your budget, and where did you choose to spend most of it?

Our overall budget was $10,000, but went up to $15,000 because it was a New York wedding. My fiancé took on a second job bartending to help cover costs. We spent most of the money on the venue because it was an incredible, inclusive package! We just wanted to throw an awesome party.

6. If you had to rate your wedding planning experience on a scale of one to ten with one being shitty, and ten being awesome, how would you rate it?
It was a full on 10! We kept our expectations low and simple. Also nothing compares to the horror stories on wedding related reality TV which I watched constantly.

7. What was your favorite part of the wedding planning process? Least fave?
We are both very low key so my favorite part was agreeing on each place we looked at. We only looked at one vendor for each part and it was awesome to see how enthusiastic they were about their work. Least fave was managing family. No matter how clear we were about how laid back we wanted it to be, someone would come up with something totally traditional.

8. Did anything go wrong (that you were aware of) at your wedding? If so, we’d love to hear about it (and maybe even see a picture?). Allow us to learn from you, bridey!
Nothing really went wrong, except my father slipped in a lengthy bible reading during the ceremony despite our specific instructions. But it was fine, we smiled at each other and tried not to laugh like at church in real life.

9. What was the biggest challenge you faced from the moment you were engaged to the day you walked down the aisle?
I think talking about finances as an actual couple was difficult and we learned that we just had to accept that it was going to be expensive. After we got through that, I had no problems getting the things I secretly wanted like an amazing floral trellis.

10. What advice do you wish you had before started planning your wedding?
Don't listen to all the advice you get. It is much simpler than you think. Don't buy bridal magazines!! Those are the worst and so expensive! Only put things on your registry you actually need. No one needs a brand new set of luggage.

12. Looking back, would you have done anything differently?

I am an only child and my father was so helpful with driving me around and everyone else, like transporting the band's instruments. I wish I had the foresight to make sure he was there for every special moment. Beyond that (we forgot the cake-topper) everything went off without a hitch!

13. Bridey, please provide the most valuable lesson you learned while planning your wedding.
You only get this opportunity once, to fill a room with all the most amazing people in your life and declare your love for each other in front of them. Enjoy it, make sure they have fun, enjoy the food, drink and dance! It is also completely okay to be a bride and get all the things you secretly always wanted!

Industry Peeps:

Venue/DJ/Food/Cake: ReBar Gastropub, Dumbo
Photo/Video: Le Image, Inc.
Dress: The White Gown
Flowers: Emily Thompson Flowers
Consulting: Little Black Dress
Invitations: Lion In The Sun
Photo Booth: We Love Photobooths
Groom's Suit: Macy's 
Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal
Makeup and Hair: Carmela